Community Transit’s Proposed 2021 Budget will continue to prioritize safe travel for Snohomish County residents and includes an increase of approximately 4,000 hours of new service in 2021, a more moderate expansion than in previous years.
Community Transit will award up to 12 surplus 15-passenger vans, earmarked for auction, to local nonprofit organizations to further meet the demand for transportation. They seek qualified 501(c)3 organizations to apply.
After more than 40 years of public service, including 15 years at Community Transit, CEO Emmett Heath has announced that he will retire later this year in order to spend more time with his family, including his three young grandchildren.
With guidance from public health officials, Community Transit has implemented new safety measures such as nightly disinfecting of all buses and paratransit vehicles, closing off some bus seats to allow better physical distancing between riders, and providing recommended personal protective equipment for drivers and employees.
Community Transit plans to increase its bus service this summer to meet an expected increase in bus ridership demand as Snohomish and King counties reopen. A two-stage increase in bus service will be implemented in the coming months.
Community Transit will begin collecting fares for Swift Blue and Swift Green bus rapid transit lines on Monday, June 1st. Unlike other Community Transit bus routes, Swift riders pay fares at Swift stations, not at the front of the bus.